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Chakma in Bangladesh


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
534,000 Chakma Buddhism 7.47 % Unknown   

Chakma in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
Ethnically, the Chakma are Tibeto-Burman, and are related to people groups in the mountains of northeast India and Myanmar. The Chakma are in many ways more culturally southeast Asian than south Asian. For instance, they neither have the dietary restrictions nor the strict gender segregation of their Bengali neighbors. It is believed their ancestors came from Arakan state in Myanmar. Historically the Chakma were rulers of certain areas of the present day Chittagong Hill Tracts. Today, however, the power of the Chakma king is no more than an association chief (Wikipedia "Chakma people" 2007).

There are Christians and churches among the Chakma. Not all these people call themselves Christian, since doing so means the non-Christians will not want to cooperate with them. Growth in the church is happening though rather slowly.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-08-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-27
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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:534,000
Largest Provinces:
Chittagong (497,000)Sylhet (11,000)
Dhaka (8,100)Rangpur (1,400)
Rajshahi (500)Khulna (400)
Barisal (200)
Location in Country:More than 430,000 Chakma people inhabit Bangladesh and adjoining areas of northeast India. Approximately 300,000 live in the Chittagong Hills area of southeast Bangladesh, including Chittagong City.
(Source: Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004)
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People Name in Country: Chakma
People Name General: Chakma
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101976
Joshua Project People ID: 11293
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 534,000
Population all Countries: 825,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Chakma
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chakma (527,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ccp    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chittagonian (6,200)Sylheti (1,000)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism86.25 % 
Christianity7.47 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism6.10 % 
Islam0.13 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.05 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1924-1955
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chakma
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Text / Printed MatterBible: Chakma
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Chakma
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Chakma in Bangladesh

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